Come Forward on the New and Living Way

New JerusalemThe prior three posts looked at the heavenly, spiritual, and eternal things in Hebrews 8 to 10. These all point to New Jerusalem. In contrast, all the Old Testament things in these chapters are earthly, physical, and temporary.

Based on what Christ has accomplished, Hebrews 10:19-22 encourages us to come forward to enter the heavenly Holy of Holies, which is the present reality of New Jerusalem. We have boldness because Christ has opened the way.

The door He opened is “a new and living way.” This is in contrast to the OT practices which were not in God’s divine newness and were not with God’s divine life. This new way is “through the veil” into the Holy of Holies. The Spirit made clear that this way had not yet been manifested (Heb. 9:8) under the OT practices. Both our Christian life today and New Jerusalem are in this newness and life.

Hebrews 10:23 encourages us “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope unwavering, for He who has promised is faithful.” The Lord is faithful and we respond by holding to Him and to what He has accomplished.

Hebrews 10:24-25 then tells us to consider one another, to assemble together, “to incite one another to love and good works,” and to exhort one another. This mutuality must be related to our coming forward on the “new and living way.” Let’s not live an individual Christian life but rather come forward together.

The end of Hebrews 10 warns us not to shrink back. Jesus Christ is our newness today and New Jerusalem is ahead. The way is open and we “come forward.”

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